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Millionaire's Row Boat Tour
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The best Miami boat tours to book for a fun day on the water

Take in the city and sights from a new vantage point when you cruise the coastline on one of these top Miami boat tours

By Virginia Gil and Falyn Freyman

April 2019: Ah, Miami. Another day, another boat to ride. At least, that's the way we imagine it should be sitting in our office on yet another perfect afternoon. For our updated list of the city's best boat tours, you’ll find a couple of new additions plus updates to many of the old staples. Cruisin Tikis’ and its adorable, pint-sized floating tiki bars appeared inconspicuously on Fort Lauderdale’s New River a few years back and have since grown into a national franchise whose fleet never fails to garner double-takes from envious landlubbers. Meanwhile, we’ve back-tracked to include the beloved Stiltsville tour aboard Ocean Force Adventure’s Zodiac, with inimitable historical bites from the legendary skipper, Captain Matt.

We’ll be the first to tell you there’s lots to see on land and plenty of things to do in Miami, but there’s something to be said about experiencing the city from the water. Besides avoiding traffic, cruising through Biscayne Bay and the Intracoastal, if you’re north of the city, is just plain fun. If you don’t have a boat of your own, fret not. The best Miami boat tours are a breeze to book, run often and many even sell booze on board—think your favorite waterfront bar in Miami and your choice Miami tour merged into one. Here are some of our most-loved boat tours in Miami for cheesy celebrity spotting, al fresco drinking and other aquatic adventures in South Florida.

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Best Miami boat tours

Biscayne Bay
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Private Boat Tour

What is it? Dates, celebrations, anniversaries—every special occasion befits a private boat tour. Pick your date, time and friends (the boat accommodates six) and leave the rest up to your captain, who steers you through the calm Miami waters during this two-hour tour. 

Why go? Refreshments are served on board and guests have the option to stop and take a dip, so plan accordingly.

Fort Lauderdale Pirate Cruise
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Fort Lauderdale Family Pirate Cruise

What is it? Feel like a real-life pirate as you search for sunken treasure aboard the Bluefoot decked in black skull flags. Kids learn seafarers’ slang and get their faces painted before using water cannons to stave off attacks from the evil Barnacle Bill. 

Why go? Everyone goes home with loot: a pirate certificate and a bag of pirate’s booty. Drinking-aged adults looking to spice up their cruise are welcome to bring aboard a bit of their own pirate’s grog.

Photograph: Courtesy Boater.PRO.


If you’re not the guided-tour type but you still want to get out on the open water, Boater.PRO’s peer-to-peer option might be for you. Like an Airbnb for boats, the site lets you browse available vessels in your area and book them directly from owners. Expect to find plenty of yachts—it’s Miami, after all. Various prices.

Photograph: Courtesy Boater.PRO.

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